The Word Among Us

Lent 2004 Issue

Recalling and Reliving the Passion

A Look at the Stations of the Cross.

By: Fr. Jude Winkler

At a conference several years ago, I was responsible for a display of children's books. All throughout the afternoon, parents approached and bought books for their children. Occasionally a parent would tell a child to choose any book on the table—but only one. The smallest children inevitably chose the same book: The Stations of the Cross. I had thought that the image of the crucified Jesus on the cover would frighten them, but in their innocent simplicity, they could see beyond the horror of the cross to the love it expresses.

It is that love we celebrate when we pray the stations of the cross. We are not just commemorating events that occurred two thousand...


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